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National University of Ireland, Galway


Established in 1845, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) is one of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious universities. With over 17,000 students and more than 2,500 staff, the University has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in a wide range of disciplines, including: 

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business and Law
  • Science
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Medicine and Health Sciences

With its excellent global reputation, NUI Galway is ranked in the top 2% of universities globally, and its position continues to rise in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings. The University is also ranked #249 in the 2016 QS World University Rankings and has been also been awarded the full five QS stars for excellence.

NUI Galway is a research-led university, and has a growing international profile for its research in five key priority areas:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering;
  • Informatics, Physical and Computational Science;
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy;
  • Environment, Marine and Energy;
  • Humanities in Context.

NUI Galway is Ireland’s most successful university for the commercialization of its research. In 2012, NUI Galway licensed 42 new invention disclosures, patented six of its technologies, licensed 13 technologies to companies, and established a new start-up company. 

NUI Galway is a richly diverse university, and its staff hail from over 50 countries. They have collaborated with more than 2,700 research institutions in 106 countries worldwide. 

NUI Galway is home to:

  • The first UNESCO Chair in the Republic of Ireland, in the field of Children, Youth and Civic Engagement;
  • The world’s largest research institute for developing internet technology;
  • Ireland’s primary stem cell and gene therapy research institute;
  • Some of the world’s leading experts in human rights law;
  • Some of the world’s most ambitious archive projects;
  • Leaders in Environmental, Marine and Energy research.
  • Year established
  • Registered students

Academic specialism

NUI Galway offers over 40 undergraduate courses across the following colleges and schools: College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies; College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences; College of Business, Public Policy & Law; College of Engineering & Informatics; College of Science; Adult Learning & Professional Development.

The university is particularly well noted for its Engineering & Technology offering.

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National University of Ireland, Galway
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National University of Ireland Galway is located in Ireland's westerly city of Galway, which is a major Irish city located on Ireland’s west coast, just 10 minute walk north from Galway’s city center.

The No.4 bus from Galway center serves the university at frequent intervals throughout the day. Galway has a well-serviced train station and is just 2.5 hours from Dublin.

Galway is a short one-hour drive from Shannon Airport, Ireland’s third busiest airport. Shannon Airport operates regular flights to and from the UK, Europe and the USA.